Last year's NBA MVP, Derrick Rose, played less than 11 minutes and didn't even appear in the second half of the team's 108-87 blowout of the New Jersey Nets Monday. His disappearance wasn't because his services weren't needed, but because he was suffering from back spasms, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The tightness in his back has been there for the last five games, the Sun-Times reports, and, as Rose said, "probably even before that."
The Sun-Times notes that trainers have been working on Rose during recent games, "but the situation appears to be getting worse."
''Tonight was pretty tough,'' Rose said, according to the paper. ''It was tight the whole game. It's just something where I've got to get a massage and stretched right away and hopefully it'll be gone.''
Rose is averaging 22.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game for the league-leading Bulls.